Facebook likes solar for New Mexico data centre

A renewable company based in New Mexico has been chosen for a solar project that will power Facebook’s data centre. Affordable Solar is to build a 30MW project for the social network’s data centre in Los Lunas. Construction of the first of three 10MW sites is expected to begin in mid-2017. The project will include […]

Facebook to build green data centre in Denmark

Facebook’s new data centre in Odense, Denmark will be fully powered by renewable energy. It will be the company’s eighth facility of its kind worldwide and the third outside the US. It will even use the cold Danish climate to cool its server rooms instead of air conditioning – cooling often uses as much as half of the power […]

Facebook’s solar-powered plane completes first flight

Facebook’s first solar-powered plane that will beam internet to remote parts of the world has successfully finished its first test flight. Owner of the social network Mark Zuckerberg yesterday announced the internet drone completed its first flight on 28th June. The Aquila drone flew for 96 minutes but was initially expected to fly only for […]

Facebook and Microsoft commit to buy more clean power

A new coalition which aims to help multinational companies deploy 60GW of renewable energy in the US has been launched. Facebook and Microsoft are among more than 60 firms that have joined the Renewables Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). It is a non-governmental organisation which aims to empower businesses to transform its electricity systems with green […]

Facebook and Twitter powering up energy firms?

An increasing number of consumers are turning to social media first to voice their complaints or flaunt a product – and it seems energy companies are increasing their presence on the web too. New research has revealed UK power providers are taking to Facebook and Twitter to engage with their customers. British Gas has been […]

Renewables to power Facebook’s Irish data centre

The construction of a new data centre owned by Facebook has started in Ireland. The ‘Cloone Data Centre’ will be powered by wind energy. The firm aims to power 50% of the infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018. Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg claims it will be one of the “most advanced […]

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates join forces for clean energy technology

The founders of Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to tackle climate change. Mark Zuckerberg has announced he is joining Bill Gates’ initiative which aims to invest in clean energy technologies. The ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’ is a global group of private investors who will support companies which are taking innovative clean energy ideas into the […]

Facebook unveils solar drone for internet access

Facebook has unveiled its full-scale solar-powered drone which is expected to help provide internet access in remote parts of the world. The company expects the plane – dubbed Aquila – to fly non-stop for three months at a time. The aircraft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but weighs less than a car due […]

Internet firms’ eco-net ambitions under threat – Greenpeace

Internet companies want a renewable-powered internet but their green ambitions are being blocked by the utility sector. That’s the view of a Greenpeace report which says the rapid growth in the digital world is being powered by what it calls ‘dirty energy’. Gary Cook, Senior IT Analyst for Greenpeace USA said: “Tech companies are increasingly […]

EU wants to reboot data centres with renewable energy

How do you design data centres so they can make better use of renewable energy? That’s the question posed by researchers in a new EU-backed project with a budget of £3 million. High profile tech firms such as Facebook and Google are using renewable energy to power their data centres – but others are not […]